By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)
Trinity Lutheran Church organized on January 26, 1894 by families from the Harvel area. Rev. Charles Schuricht was the first pastor, serving from 1894 to 1910. The original church building stood from 1894-1926.
The first English services were held in 1915, on one Sunday per month. In 1925, English was used in all services.
In 1925, with a growing congregation, a committee was appointed to investigate cost and secure plans for a new church building. Plans were approved in January 1926, and the following building committee was appointed: Louis Fesser, August Best, J.A. Huber, Ben Wagehoft, Edwin Monke, and Harry Wernsing. The present church building was dedicated on October 31, 1926, with morning and afternoon services. The speakers were the Rev. Arnold Pennekamp and Dr. Walter A Maier of the Lutheran Hour. The cost of the building was $28,500. A pipe organ, stained glass windows, and appointments were added in years following. A parsonage and Sunday School building were also added. In order to make the church handicap-accessible, an elevator was installed in 1990.
Trinity Lutheran continues to be a caring, committed, and Christ-centered congregation.
List of Pastors
1894-1910 Rev. Charles Schuricht
1910-1914 Rev. C. F. Dankworth
1914-1920 Rev. Arnold Pennekamp
1921-1922 Rev. William G. Weber
1922-1935 Rev. Theo Schultz
1935-1940 Rev. Thomas Coates
1940-1949 Rev. Walter Bussert
1949-1954 Rev. Harlan Wendler
1954-1959 Rev. Albert Palechek
1959-1967 Rev. Paul Dorn
1967-1968 Rev. Jerald Pipping
1970-1977 Rev. David Luhrs
1978-1983 Rev. Paul Hoffman
1984-1988 Rev. Dennis Glander
1988-1993 Rev. Mitchel Schuessler
1994-2008 Rev. Clifford Adair
2009-2018 Rev. Scott Busacker
2020-Present Rev. Joe Nehring